Monthly Archives: September 2011

Consumers cutback amid growing economic doom and gloom

Authors note: This is one in a series of blog posts related to business reporting class assignments.  While interesting (I hope!) they will likely not have much to do with municipal finance. NEW YORK CITY — Twenty-four-year-old Orlando Estrada makes … Continue reading

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Maybe you should move to Wyoming

These days, multi-million (or even billion) dollar budget deficits are the norm for cities and states across the country. Grappling with such massive budget holes, lawmakers continue to grapple with laying off employees or slashing services left and right. Not … Continue reading

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Big Apple shopping Sprees: With the dollar down, international tourists hit city shopping districts

Authors note: This is one in a series of blog posts related to business reporting class assignments.  While interesting (I hope!) they will likely not have much to do with municipal finance. Drawn by the allure of America’s largest city … Continue reading

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Riddle me this: scavenger hunt on Wall Street

Authors note: This is the first in a series of blog posts related to business reporting class assignments.  While interesting (I hope!) they will likely not have much to do with municipal finance. From the origins of Wall Street to … Continue reading

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Texas wildfires foreshadow potentially tragic effects of state budget cuts

As thousands of Texas residents are being allowed to return to their fire-ravaged neighborhoods in Bastrop County this week, it might be time to reexamine steep cuts to firefighting funding. On Monday, when many residents were allowed home to survey … Continue reading

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Thousands of state employees’ jobs on chopping block as lawmakers and union reps battle

Dwindling revenues. Whispers of bankruptcy. Employee pink slips. The private sector isn’t the only industry continuing to see to adverse effects of the recession. As state governments continue to grapple with massive budget deficits, many public employees have in recent … Continue reading

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An introduction

On my first day as a City Hall beat reporter in Glendale, Calif. in May 2009, I covered an all-day budget meeting. Faced with growing expenses and dwindling city revenues, city officials and council members were tasked with shaving millions from … Continue reading

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